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Matthew Mayhew
Alice Barter
(1559-Bef 1614)
Edward Galland
Agnes Willmot
Governor Thomas Mayhew
Jane Galland
Hannah Mayhew
(1635-Bef 1721)


Family Links

1. Thomas Doggett

2. Capt. Samuel Smith

Hannah Mayhew

  • Born: 15 Jun 1635, Medford, MA
  • Marriage (1): Thomas Doggett 23 Sep 1657 in Edgarton, Dukes Co., MA
  • Marriage (2): Capt. Samuel Smith after 1691
  • Died: Bef 1721, Edgarton, Dukes Co., MA 859

bullet   FamilySearch ID: KNHZ-KN1. Find a Grave ID: 52421437.


bullet  General Notes:

Biography containing just about all that is known of her life (without the genealogical data) written by Dr. Banks in the Dukes County Intelligencer in 1962.
She died before 1721 as her second husband, Capt. Samuel Smith, married his second wife, Katherine Holmes, May 30, 1721.

Referrred to by Banks as the Governor's 'favorite' daughter. She, along with her husband, Thomas Daggett, were leading citizens in the local society and government. (See Husband's notes)

Family Group Sheets in LUNDELL

Hannah was evidently quite a woman. When she turned 18 in 1653 she was the only woman on the list of lots of Martha's Vineyard divided up by the proprietors. As Dr. Charles Banks observed: "About four years later she surrendered her name to Thomas Daggett, but from subsequent views which we can obtain of her it was about the only thing she surrendered. It could be fairly stated that Thomas Daggett was merely the husband of Hannah Mayhew. She was the Governor's favorite daughter and she knew it."

She may have been a very early feminist. Over succeeding years 10 little Daggetts came along, but Hannah wasn't rocking the cradle all the time. Twenty real estate transactions are of record under her name and she did the business herself. This was unusual at the time and it appears to have caused some strain in a marriage where the woman refused to be known merely as the 'wife of Thomas Daggett.' Towards the end of the old Governor's life the son-in-law evidently attempted to exercise some control over his wife's business, forcing the Governor in 1679 to extract a "promise" from Thomas not to do so, referring to that promise in his will: "My son Daggett hath given a note under his hand not to meddle with aught (of Hannah's property)"

That she was the 'Deputy Governor" of Martha's Vineyard it seems that she was bound and determined to maintain the control that her father had placed and maintained on the little island. Following about 1660 the Governor had increased resistance to his little autocracy, and his daughter. She evidently carried on the good fight for him, for in 1675, in a letter to the Governor of New York explaining some of the problems the people were having with Governor Mayhew Simon Athearn wrote "Thomas Dagget's wife, Mr. Mayhew's daughter (which woman the people of Martins Vineyard very generally call the deputy governor...". This was towards the end of the governor's life, he was still well in hand of the government of the island, but as Banks writes, "All this while Thomas Daggett had been holding the office of assistant to the Governor, and theoretically 'rulling the land' but no one can have any illusions as to the real 'power behind the throne'".

When the governor finally died and his grandson Matthew took over the duties of governor, Hannah's contributions to the life of Martha's Vineyard drop out of the record books. It's possible that she prudently stepped aside for a nephew who didn't want her meddling, or she continued to 'rule' behind the scenes. We'll never know. She remained a widow for 10 years after her husband's death in 1691 whereupon, at the age of 70, she remarried to Samuel Smith of Edgertown and lived another 10 years. 400,859,861

bullet  Research Notes:

Her will names Joshua and Israel heirs to a certain land and house in Edgarton occupied by the late John Pease. (Hannah was John Pease's daughter's (Sarah) husband's (Deacon John Daggett) mother)

This would seem to be more circumstancial evidence that it was Sarah Pease who married Deacon John although spouses of Hannah's other daughters not traced as of 4/28/2020)


bullet  Events

Will, 22 Aug 1710, Edgarton, Dukes Co., MA. 859,862 Witnesses: Jon Worth; Matt: Mayhew; William Worth.
Names natural son Joshua Daggett and his son Samuel as primary heirs of land named.
Names Joshua Daggett and Israel Daggett heirs to a certain land and house in Edgarton occupied by the late John Pease. (Hannah was John Pease's daughter's (Sarah) husband's (Deacon John Daggett) mother )

Probate, 17 Feb 1722/23. 863 Source (Harriet Marshall Pease in NEHGR) says, "As the property mentioned in the will was given away by deed during her lifetime, probating of the will was probably a mere matter of form, hence the delay."


Hannah married Thomas Doggett, son of John Doggett and Alice Brotherton, 23 Sep 1657 in Edgarton, Dukes Co., MA. (Thomas Doggett was born about 1630 in Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA,810 died 18 Aug 1692 in Edgarton, Dukes Co., MA 810 and was buried in Firstburial Grnd, Marshfield 810.)


Hannah next married Capt. Samuel Smith after 1691. (Capt. Samuel Smith was born about 1661 in Edgartown, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America 864 and died 5 Jan 1736/37 in Edgartown, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America 864.)

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